The Dominican Family

The Order was founded by St Dominic in 1216. Dominic’s passion was to preach Truth, hence our motto VERITAS. In his day there was a lack of sound and informed teaching and preaching to counter the heresies and problems of the time. Only bishops were allowed to preach. Dominic was the first to obtain permission from the Pope to allow his brothers to preach. And so he layed great emphasis on study in order to equip themselves with what they needed to teach and preach. He lost no time in sending his brothers out two by two all over the world to teach and preach and establish communities.

This spirit has touched the hearts of many lay people who have given themselves to sharing in the Dominican charism of community life, studying together and preaching. Some are called lay Dominicans and others Associates. Together the friars, the nuns, the sisters and the laity form what is known as the Dominican family.

Our Mission Today

As a Dominican family


We believe this form of evangelisation
is our challenge in the Church of
South Africa and in our society.



To support the brothers in their preaching St Dominic established the contemplative nuns. Soon others groups of women joined the family and involved themselves in the more active apostolates. Contemplative nuns exist in many parts of the world, including South Africa, in Senekal.

Thousands of active sisters are still working throughout the world in teaching, nursing, caring for the aged, orphans and the needy and lecturing in universities.

In South Africa, here are some of the things we are involved with:

• refugees,
• HIV/AIDS, and the care of orphans
• broadcasting and journalism, (Radio Veritas)
• formation of young Dominicans,
• the internet,
• work amongst youth
chaplains to the deaf, the police and schools
• Justice and Peace
• Writing of articles and books
• Apostolates like the Rosary and devotion to St Martin de Porres
• Parish ministry.